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Big dreams

April 7, 2003

Although their college football careers didn't exactly follow the same path, both Tommy Jackson and Chuck Marks found themselves in the same position today during an NFL workout at Albany State. "That's all I can do right now is try to impress them with my speed and my strength and my quickness, and all that good stuff," former Monroe High star Chuck Marks said.

And both Jackson and Marks hope all that good stuff is enough to improve their status for the upcoming draft. "Nah, you can't be nervous you just got to go out there and do it. I feel that if I get nervous I'll probably end up not doing my best or something. So I guess I'm gonna just try and relax and just do it, it's just like playing football," former Albany State defensive back Tommy Jackson said.

But Marks on the other hand may have reason to be nervous. The former Monroe High star, who once rushed for over 400 yards in a single game, did not get the playing time Jackson did in college, serving mostly as a backup while at Eastern Kentucky. "You know it's something that I try not to think about too much, I just focus on getting myself better and letting the chips fall where they may," Marks said.

And Jackson has his work cut out for him too, the leader of the Albany State defense last year is trying to shave hundreths of a second off his forty time. "Hopefully I did enough things to work on it. Basically it was my start, so if I got my start down today then I think I should have it," Jackson said.

 It may seem like an uphill battle for the Division Two products, but Jackson and Marks remain optimistic that their separate paths will cross on the last weekend of April in the NFL draft.

"I've been playing running back all my life, I don't see why I can't do it at the next level," Marks added. "I look at setting a higher goal of being drafted because I want to be put up on a pedestal like everyone else. And I feel my abilities are good enough to be there," Jackson added.

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